US Vice President Mike Pence told an global summit on Thursday that America's allies must stand with Washington in its showdown with Iran, warning that sanctions targeting the regime will "get tougher still".
The most jarring element of Pence's speech, however, was directed against Washington's erstwhile North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for failing to toe the USA line in relation to Iran. He described the move as attempt to break United States sanctions.
"The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us", he said.
US Vice President Mike Pence is also set to address the conference, which the United States and Poland say will be followed up by working groups on key issues. "It is an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the European Union and create still more distance between Europe and the United States".
But Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is expected to offer hints of the US administration's proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened by insisting that the United States will remain committed to Syria, despite Trump's abrupt order in December to pull out all 2,000 USA troops.
"From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran".
"We will continue to hunt down the remnants of ISIS wherever and whenever they rear their ugly head", he said. "The three H's - the Houthis, Hamas, Hezbollah - these are real threats". He said "pushing back" against Iran is central to solving other problems in the Middle East.
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"I want to clearly state this in a way that can not be misconstrued in any way: the new right, facing the Trump Peace proposal, will not enter a government that intends on establishing a Palestinian state, period!" the minister of education told his interlocutor at the Jerusalem Conference organized by Besheva. Concerns over the lack of European high-level participation and trans-Atlantic disagreements fell away as Mr Pence and other USA leaders made their participation. "I'll let the Europeans speak for themselves".
"Our hope is that every engagement will entail true back-and-forth dialogue, not just be a chance to recite prepared statements", Pompeo said. "The focus was, as you might imagine, largely on Iran".
Two rocket test failures on January 15 and February 5 are seen as the product of that covert activity.
The attempt by USA and Polish officials to mask the genuine objective of the conference with talk about "peace" and "security" were farcical. "No country spoke out against the basic facts", he said.
Warsaw's support for the anti-Iranian crusade is bound up with its right-wing government's own bid to secure a permanent USA military presence in Poland as a supposed bulwark against any threat from Russian Federation.
Bahrain's foreign minister "can be heard blasting Iran as a 'toxic party, '" Haaretz reported on the since-deleted video of the dinner discussion in Warsaw, further quoting him as saying, "If it wasn't for the toxic party ... guns and food soldiers of the Islamic Republic, I think we would have been much closer today in solving this issue with Israel".
At a Mideast summit in Poland Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged foreign leaders to confront Iran and abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, as the United States has done.
Nabil Shaath, a senior official, said the White House refusal to accept Palestinian statehood as the basis of the Kushner plan made it impossible for his side to attend.
Ross described his role at the US-Polish co-hosted conference to Al-Monitor after tweeting observations that warned the Palestinian Authority (PA), which skipped the Warsaw meeting, could find itself left behind.